Mama and baby are doing fine. But what are we going to call her, other than Rose-Tu’s female offspring?

The Oregon Zoo, where the 300-pound baby Asian elephant was born Nov. 30, will be taking suggestions for her name through 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Vote for your favorite name at The name will be announced Monday.

The names under consideration: Jaidee (Thai for “good-hearted”); Sirikit (“glorious,” name for Thai royalty); Rakhi (Sanskrit for “love/bond between siblings”); Lily (following flower theme that includes mother); Siddhi (Sanskrit for “perfection,” wife of Ganesha).

Keepers are introducing the baby to big brother Sam and other members of the herd. She has been described as a “spitfire.”

It’ll be some time before visitors get to view the baby (that is, if the zoo gets to keep the calf, which by contract belongs to a traveling elephant show).

“The main thing determining that will be the strength of the bond between Rose-Tu and the calf,” says Bob Lee, the zoo’s elephant curator, of future visiting hours.

Void at Artists Rep

Not only is artistic director Allen Nause retiring from Artists Repertory Theatre at the end of the season, but Jon Kretzu recently announced that he is leaving as associate artistic director.

Kretzu directed 50 productions in almost 20 years at Artists Rep. So, it’s quite a changing of the guard for the theatre celebrating its 30th anniversary.

“Allen and I are a team and I really cannot imagine continuing on as an associate artistic director with anyone else,” says Kretzu, who plans to tackle “new projects” and “explore new cities.”

Kretzu will direct “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol,” and continue at Artists Rep directing obligations through August 2013.

Big grant

The Portland Children’s Museum has received a $300,000 grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust, as the museum looks for financing to constructs its Outdoor Adventure.

Carrie Hoops, interim executive director, says that 1.3 acres of previously inaccessible land will be transferred into an education-based outdoor space for kids to engage the natural world.

It’s located in Washington Park, across from the Oregon Zoo, 4015 S.W. Canyon Road.

Grace Paley’s birthday

She left us five years ago, but noted writer/poet/essayist Grace Paley still gets a birthday party — and this year’s 90th will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Clinton Street Theater, 2522 S.E. Clinton St., with the screening of the documentary “Grace Paley: Collected Shorts.” A bevy of Portlanders will also be reading Paley’s poems, stories and essays.

Organizer Judith Arcana says this will be the final birthday celebration, as Paley said before she died that she didn’t want “to be lionized.”

Admission is free.

Big honor

Bronze sculptor Rip Caswell of Troutdale has been commissioned to create the national monument commemorating Admiral Chester M. Nimitz, an eight-foot-tall sculpture that will be placed near the battleship USS Missouri, berthed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. It’s set to be unveiled Aug. 14, 2013, coinciding with the anniversary of the Allied victory in the Pacific in 1945.

Caswell has previously created monuments commemorating Gov. Tom McCall, an Oregon Iraq War veteran and 9/11 memorial “Strength of America” at the Pentagon. He has created more than 200 sculptures of various subjects in contemporary and realistic styles in the past 20 years (info:, or visit the Caswell Gallery, 253 E. Columbia River Highway, Troutdale).

Joy Now FunRaiser

MarchFourth Marching Band’s Joy Now Arts Project is a year-long circus/music/performing arts program for youth ages 12-18, and the fundraiser will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. Tickets are $25 to $50. The Joy Now Marching Band, Vagabond Opera and DJ Globalruckus are among the performers. For info, go to The program starts in mid-January.

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